Malian singer-songwriter and guitarist
His music is widely regarded as representing a point of intersection
of traditional Malian music and its North American cousin, the blues.
The belief that the latter is historically derived from the former is
reflected in Martin Scorsese’s often quoted characterization of
Touré’s tradition as constituting “the DNA of the blues”. Touré was
ranked number 76 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest
Guitarists of All Time” and number 37 on Spin magazine’s “100 Greatest
Guitarists of All Time”.